DR. CAROLINE CHARPENTIER

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in John O'Doherty's lab at Caltech, located in Pasadena, California, USA. Before that I completed my PhD at University College London in the UK, where I was co-supervised by Jon Roiser and Tali Sharot.

 

In my research, I develop behavioral tasks, combined with neuroimaging (fMRI) and computational modelling techniques, to study how people learn and make decisions in social contexts and under various affective states. My approach is multidisciplinary, at the interface of behavioral economics, psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry.

Information-seeking in social contexts

In today's connected, social media and "fake news" world, what can we do about polarization of opinions, whereby people tend to only seek information from sources and people that agree with them?

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Learning and Decision-Making

Computational models underlying observational learning: how do we learn from observing others?

Information-seeking and Curiosity

Motivational biases during information gathering: how do people value knowledge and ignorance?

EDUCATION & TRAINING

2016-Present

California Institute of Technology, USA

Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroscience, O'Doherty lab

Emotion and Decision-Making

How do emotions (emotional states, mood, affective disorders) influence decisions?

2011-2016

University College London, UK

MS & PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Advisors: Prof. Jon Roiser & Dr. Tali Sharot.

PhD Thesis: The interaction between emotion and economic decision-making. [PDF]

2008-2011

Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS), Lyon, France

BS & MS in Biology & Biosciences

2006-2008

Lycee Joffre, Montpellier, France

Preparatory School ("Classe Preparatoire aux Grandes Ecoles) for competitive entry into ENS.

Information-seeking in Social Contexts

In today's connected, social media and "fake news" world, what can we do about polarization of opinions, whereby people tend to only seek information from sources and people that agree with them?

California Institute of Technology

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